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Map Of Route From London To Apulia (extract). c.1250

Map Of Route From London To Apulia (extract). c.1250

Author: Paris, Matthew

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero D.I

Item number: f. 183v

Length: 34.8

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Map

Matthew Paris, a monk in St Albans, created this route map in about 1250. In the style of modern motoring route maps it concentrates on the places along the route, omitting everything else. At the bottom left is the earliest map of London seen as it would have been from the South. The Thames and London Bridge are at the front and the gates are listed largely in their correct sequence if viewed from the South. Above there are schematic renderings of Rochester, Canterbury and, by the sea, Dover Castle. The journey on the other side of the Channel continues on the other column.

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